Guardian at Senyuji Gate - Senyuji Temple is No. 58 on the Shikoku pilgrimage and one of the more impressively located pilgrimage temples standing on a hillside 1,300 feet above sea level which means that pilgrims who walk to it have quite a climb. The guardian statues in the gateway below the temple are impressive. Behind the daishi-do is a flight of concrete steps which leads up into the hill behind the temple. This path passes through pleasant woods of evergreen and trees including sasa bamboo. It’s lined at intervals with attractive Buddhist statues. The path leads to a hilltop with panoramic views of Imabari, the Shimanami-Kaido suspension bridge and the Seto Inland Sea. For this walk, sensible shoes are a must. Sadly In 1947, all of the buildings built by Kobo Daishi between 810-824 burned down in a forest fire. They were rebuilt from 1953. Senyu-ji is one of six pilgrimage temples located relatively close together in Imabari.
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